Volleyball Back in Gym for Spring Workouts
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – Spring has sprung for the LSU volleyball team as the Tigers have been back in the gym and the weight room for the last few weeks.
The Tigers are coming off their first NCAA tournament appearance since the 2014 season and is working hard to make the 2018 fall season even greater.
“This has been a great spring so far, in terms of our strength training and the level of athleticism that we have been able to elicit,” said head coach Fran Flory. “The biggest impact is that this has been a very rewarding spring from a teaching perspective. The student-athletes are learning so much every single day. They are bought in and driven.”
Bigger goals have been set for the Tigers after falling in the first round of the NCAA tournament to San Diego in December. The Tigers put forth a great effort against the Toreros but fell short.
“We were concerned that they were satisfied with the way we finished in the fall at the NCAA tournament. We assessed and set some bigger goals for ourselves. They are driven and grinding right now.”
Over the course of spring practices, the Tigers have focused on individual development, skill development and physical training.
“We are implementing a little faster, more precise offense. We are also working on individual technique on the defensive side. The improvement has been amazing and super rewarding. I don’t know if they see it yet, but when they start competing they are going to notice it right away. They will be excited about it. This team is preparing for a very successful fall.”
LSU will lose four seniors in Gina Tillis, Cheyenne Wood, Khourtni Fears and Kelly Quinn, which means new leaders will emerge. Coach Flory will look to the upcoming seniors and will develop the junior class as well.
“Toni Rodriguez has always been that leader for us, and Katie Kampen has had a really great spring so far, in terms of having a voice. The thing we are trying to develop is the junior class. I believe that the junior class has to be the biggest voice in the gym, so we are trying to develop that.”
The Tigers will take some time off for spring break and will get back on the court for some competition in April. A spring schedule will be released later this month.